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Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

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Awards

  • Best Patios ( 2021 )

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It took a certain amount of bravado to set a Ferris wheel in the middle of the Design District, looking like somebody’s idea of an April Fool’s joke or a piece from a forgotten Hollywood film set about Coney Island’s heyday. Embrace the kitsch on this dog-friendly playground, where the glow of the decorative (i.e., non-working) 50-foot, 12-gondola vintage wheel serves as a backdrop to your cornhole games. Amid the fences’ painted bluebonnets, it’s not cotton candy but barbecue that you bring to your picnic table or bar-height nosh station, amply spaced and decked in gingham oilcloth. Grab a beer and make the rounds of post oak-smoked and rotisserie-fired brisket, sausage, ribs, and pulled pork shoulder, with mac and cheese, slaw, and all that carnival jazz.

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